Problems, problems: you are such a problem!

McAnelly, Su (2009) Problems, problems: you are such a problem! Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 13 (2). pp. 99-112. ISSN 1744-6295

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1744629509336484

Abstract

A learning disability discourse has developed over time and is driven by social policy and professional power. Landmark legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 has promoted public accessibility for disabled and disenfranchised people. The social construction of difference and disability contributes to the ways people with learning disability are seen and described by others. Many professionals tell stories about their experiences of working with people who are learning disabled. Some stories construct the people with learning disabilities as heroic and tragic, but most construct them as problems to be solved. This qualitative study demonstrates that learning disability constructions in practice-based stories are not merely postcards from the past but indicators of the present and are a demonstration of the issues facing learning disability nurses. I argue that there are tensions in the way learning disability is constructed and ultimately communicated by learning disability nurses.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Su McAnelly formerly published as Susan Shaw.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning disabilities, nursing, storytelling
Subjects: B700 Nursing
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Healthcare
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2010 16:37
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 04:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3239

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